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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The owner of a Southern California livestock auction house is facing probation and fines after pleading no contest to animal cruelty charges under California’s “downer” law.
Charges were brought against Horacio Santorsola after an animal-rights group secretly videotaped workers at the auction house beating, throwing and neglecting injured, lame or sick animals. Matt Rice, director of investigations for Mercy for Animals, said this case graphically illustrates the cruel, inhumane and often illegal abuses of farm animals.
“This conviction should serve as a warning to auctions across the state and the country that animal abuse will not be tolerated,” he said.